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LBS 3020 - Writing the Interdisciplinary Essay

Best Article Databases for Research Report #1

In completing Research Report Assignment #1  you need to locate scholarly sources about Charles Darwin's The Descent of Man, considering the work's influence on history and culture through a humanaties focus, not a scientific one.

The following
databases will be most useful for this research task: 


Humanities Full Text

Project Muse


To open any of these databases, click on the link for the database, type in your portal login (if you're working off-campus), and then begin an Advanced Search! 

Search Tips: Finding Scholarly or Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Use a database that indexes peer-reviewed journals, such as JSTOR, the MLA International Bibliography, or Sociological Abstracts.
  • On the Search screen in any database, click the option (if offered) to limit results to "Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed Journals."

  • Scan the abstract of any article to identify words typically used in original research, such as "methods," "survey," "data," "results," "findings" or "conclusions." If the abstract includes some combination of these terms, there's a good chance that it is of scholarly or peer-reviewed nature.

  • Still unsure if the article comes from a peer-reviewed journal?  Identify the name of the journal in which the article was originally published, and find the publication's home site on the Internet.  Look for information "About" the journal and its editorial standards.  If the journal says that submissions are reviewed by an editorial panel of the author's peers, then it's a peer-reviewed journal!
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